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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
@Mr.Mindor Equating omniscient to "having the most knowledge" is an example of the straw man fallacy. "having all knowledge" is not the same as "having the most knowledge". The latter is a superlative and suggests a comparison while the former is simply a neutral adjective. For example, if only five beings ever existed, we can say the five of them are omniscient, but we can't say the five of them are the most knowledgeable because this suggests that there exists less knowledgeable beings.
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
@jmoreno, As I've explained, if there exists only two possibilities (either yes or no, either zero or one), than "opposite" and "complement" refers to the same thing. Put simply, if there's only one thing to know, than the opposite of know-everything (know 1) is know-nothing (know 0), and not knowing everything (know 0) means knowing nothing (know 0). Omniscient is a 1-degree adjective (either you are, or you are not, since you can't be more omniscient or less omniscient than someone who is omniscient) and hence the opposite of omniscient is the same as the complement of omniscient.
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
@jmoreno. Because there are varying degrees of hotness, the opposite of hot (cold) is not the same as the complement of hot (not hot). However omniscient is a one-degree adjective (you can't be more omniscient than someone who is omniscient). For one-degree adjectives, there only exists two possibilities (yes or no, no inbetween) and hence the opposite of a one-degree adjective is its complement. This is explained in english.stackexchange.com/q/105321/8278#comment215109_10
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
@kojiro, your thinking that I'm ignorant shows ur ignorance (lol). "omniscient" is a one-degree adjective and hence the complement of omniscient (not omniscient) is not distinct from the opposite of omniscient. More info can be found under Mr.Mindor's comment above at english.stackexchange.com/q/105321/8278#comment215109_105321
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
........................with the adjective hot. Since hot is not a one-degree adjective, its opposite and complement are distinct : the opposite of hot is cold, while the complement of hot is not hot (cold or warm or etc).
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
@Mr.Mindor, you are mistaken. You are suggesting that there are varying degrees of omniscient. This is wrong because there's only one degree of omniscient. Either you are omniscient, or you are not omniscient (you can't be more omniscient or less omniscient than someone who is omniscient). There are only two choices (yes or no) and hence the opposite of omniscient is the complement of omniscient. Contrast this.................
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
Not true, because when we multiply something by nothing, we get nothing. In other words, if one is "not all knowing", one is "knowing any, but not all knowing". This can also be less-succinctly said as "either some-knowing or none-knowing, but not all-knowing", which in natural numbers (let's take all equals 3) mean "either 1 or 2 or 3 or 0, but not 3".
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
It's a link to the comment under Dan's answer. Hmm, weird I'd thought the direct link would work... the link is not working?
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
"not all-knowing" ≠ "having some knowledge" as explained in english.stackexchange.com/questions/105321/…
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
In other words, if someone knows nothing, I can describe him as "not omniscient" (e.g. "Hey John, you think you are omniscient? You are not omniscient. You know nothing."), but I can't describe him as "knowledgeable", and thus "not omniscient" ≠ "knowledgeable".
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
If there are 3 knowledges, having "all" means having 3. not having "all" means having "either 0 or 1 or 2". Being knowledgeable means "not having zero knowledge" which means having "either 1 or 2 or 3" knowledge. "0 or 1 or 2" ≠ "1 or 2 or 3".
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
"clueless" means "having no clue", and even if we stretch abit and take clue to mean knowledge, "not having all knowledge" is not the same as "having no knowledge".
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comment What's the opposite of “omniscient”?
I'm not omniscient. This doesn't mean that I'm ignorant.